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Nov. 16, 2010


KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A Missouri man who distributed crack cocaine in Topeka, Kan., has been sentenced to 121 months in federal prison, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Vinol Wilson, 36, Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine.

Wilson was one of more than 40 defendants in Topeka, Leavenworth, Atchison, metro Kansas City and Independence., Mo., who were charged as a result of an investigation by federal, state and local law enforcement officers code named Operation Stonewalled. The drug trafficking organization targeted in Operation Stonewalled was responsible for distributing more than $10.7 million worth of cocaine and crack cocaine, court documents say.

In his plea, Wilson admitted that he had known co-defendant Thomas Humphrey since they were inmates at the federal prison in Leavenworth, Kan. Wilson initially began purchasing kilogram quantities of cocaine from Humphrey. The largest quantity of cocaine Wilson bought from Humphrey at one time was 10 kilograms. On average, Wilson purchased 5 kilograms of cocaine at a time. Humphrey delivered the cocaine to Wilson at Wilson’s residence in Missouri. Wilson distributed the cocaine in Topeka and elsewhere.

Co-defendants in U.S. v. Humphrey et al include:
Thomas Humphrey, who is set for sentencing Dec. 13, 2010.
Franklin Goodwin, Jr., who was sentenced to life in federal prison.
Monterial Wesley, who was sentenced to 360 months.
Shevel Foy, who was sentenced to 360 months.
Keith McDaniel, who was sentenced to 360 months.
Harold Wallace, who was sentenced to 300 months.
Billy Trinkle, who was sentenced to 240.
James Heags, who was sentenced to 235 months
Jamicah Johnson, who was sentenced to 151 months.
Latysha D. Temple, who was sentenced to 151 months
Michael O. Clark, who was sentenced to 121 months.
Henry Grigsby, who was sentenced to 120 months.
Kurtz Griffin, who was sentenced to 120 months.
Reggie L. Hutchinson, who was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison.
Shannon Perez, who was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison.
Donnie R. Johnson, who was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison.
Sasha E. Gerard, who was sentenced to 36 months.
Keenan J. Ringgold, who was sentenced to 57 months.
Byron Brown, who was sentenced to 57 months.

Grissom commended the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department, the Leavenworth Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Assistant U.S. Attorney Terra Morehead for their work on the case.


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